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Poster: Spuzz Date: May 22, 2004 3:35pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: The New York Library (Re: Movie Of The Week)

Are the stack system still in use there? Or at least in part? I always thought it was quite an ingenius method of organization when I saw the film.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: May 23, 2004 12:13am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: The New York Library (Re: Movie Of The Week)

I don't know about New York, but I do remember a big stink a couple years ago about San Francisco getting rid of theirs. Someone (Russell Baker, maybe?) wrote a long article about the advantages of the card system over the computerized system. The last remnant in San Francisco is a mosiac of the cards on one of the walls. Quite arty and depressing.

In Portland, Oregon, we still have a card file system for the newspaper microfilm archive. For reasons I cannot fathom, the file is on the third floor, while the microfilm is on the second.

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Poster: uniQ Date: May 23, 2004 7:55pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: The New York Library (Re: Movie Of The Week)

< RANT >

In the central library here used to have this GREAT computerize system from the 80s with DOS text, monochrome (Brown or Green) monitors, screenburn to [CS]. I go there one day and they've replaced it with GUI [CS], NOTHINGs done with a keyboard, it's ALL mouse driven, the search algorithms SUCK and they used COMPAQs!

Whew, better calm down, starting to sound like a certain person

< / RANT >

-uniQ